Aug 12, 2013 6:00pm EDT
special counsel to president george h.w. bush. welcome to you both to the newshour. mary price, let me start with you. you think these changes are good ideas. why? : absolutely. our criminal justice system has become addicted to solving our social and public safety problems with incarceration. today eric holder said the department recognizes that and says that we have to step away from using those kinds of policies. we can't incarcerate our way to public safety nor given the inequities, as we pointed out, should we do that. so i think it's significant that what he's saying with more flexibility in sentencing we can be safer and i think that's very important and something we need. >> woodruff: your argument is that this is less crime? >> our argument is that we're locking up too many of the wrong kind of people for too long for the wrong kinds of crimes. certainly -- i mean people who we are afraid of, people who are committing serious crimes, they ought to be incarcerated. we need to be kept safe. but as you pointed out, half of the people we're incarcerating are in federal prison for
Aug 7, 2013 6:00pm EDT
before the "americans with disabilities act" was signed into law 23 years ago by president george h.w. bush. the civil rights measure made it illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities, including by unnecessarily forcing them to live in segregated settings in order to access government services. but the states, who have much of the responsibility to provide care for those with disabilities, moved slowly to comply. that's because of limited funds and-- what experts say-- is a lingering bias. jennifer mathis, director of programs at the bazelon center for mental health law in washington. >> change is hard. because you have years and years of service systems that were premised on a different vision about the capabilities of people with disabilities that didn't envision people with disabilities as living regular lives the same kinds of lives that the rest of us, having families, having jobs. >> reporter: so even after the a.d.a. became law, many people with disabilities were not being moved by the states out of large institutions and into homes and community-based programs.